Babson College Professor Tom Davenport – who is the keynote speaker at this year’s Nashville Analytics Summit held Aug. 8-9 at the Omni Hotel – believes the outlook is good that, yes, in fact, a robot will one day perform at least a portion of what you’re currently being paid to do.
“You’re either going to work alongside a machine, or do something that a machine can’t do,” Davenport said in an interview with the Nashville Technology Council, host of the Analytics Summit.
The amount of available data collected and applied has made it possible for businesses to automate processes and predict the relevant behaviors, whether they be from consumers, employees, patients (in a healthcare environment), voters (in a political one) – you get the idea.
It’s what data scientists and business analysts mean when they talk about “machine learning”, and it’s why Professor Davenport will be talking about robots taking over your job when he delivers his keynote on Day 2 of the Summit.
“You have to decide which of (two) approaches you’re going to take,” Davenport said. “Do you want your career to be working closely with machines … or do you want to focus on things that aren’t very feasible for machines to do … such as jobs that involve a high level of creativity or empathy or jobs that are extremely unstructured: jobs that humans would prefer to deal with other humans about.”